Shooting started this week in Derbyshire on the second series of The Village, bbc One’s critically acclaimed drama, with six more episodes for broadcast later this year. Peter Moffat’s epic story charts the life and turbulent times of one English village through the 20th century.
Series two of The Village starts in 1923 and life post the Great War – but what kind of england has won?
The Village is seen through the prism of Bert Middleton’s eyes – the young man who never leaves the village but sees the world transform around him. Twenty-three-year-old newcomer Tom Varey has been cast as the adult Bert, the son of John and Grace Middleton played by John Simm and Maxine Peake.
Now in a world of boom and bust, motor cars and the Charleston, the Twenties bring a blast of energy and freedom to the village; as the outside world continues to break down barriers, bringing with it the big dramas that change will always generate.
New faces arrive in the village as Lord Kilmarnock (Julian Sands – 24, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) causes upset to all he encounters; and the station master’s daughter Phoebe (Phoebe Dyneover – Prisoners’ Wives, Waterloo Road), falls for Bert, who never notices because of his infatuation with Martha.
Harsh landowner Alf Rutter (Ben Batt – Scott & Bailey, Shameless) continues his family’s battle with his neighbours the Middletons; while Grace (Peake) fights for her rights and for her community – and meets her match in ex miner and Labour candidate Robin (Derek Riddell – No Angels, Ugly Betty).
Joy Dangerfield (Juliet Aubrey – The White Queen, Primeval) brings the world of Marie Stopes to the village; and Robert Read (Alex Robertson – London Wall) rocks Edmund Allingham’s world. Bert’s likeable mate Gilbert Hankin (Anderw Gower – Monroe, Being Human) is not his father’s son; and then the professional touring boxer Ghana Jones (Daniel Ezra), discovers village life.
The Village is an ensemble piece with all the village regulars returning including: the Allingham family headed by Clem (Juliet Stevenson) and her children, the politically hungry Edmund (Rupert Evans), unstable daughter Caro (Emily Beecham) and war-scarred George (Augustus Prew), now married to the headstrong Martha (Charlie Murphy); school teacher Gerrard Eyre (Matt Stokoe); the self-made Arnold Hankin (Anthony Flanagan) and wife Norma (Ainsley Howard); land agent Bairstow (Joe Armstrong); the buxom Margaret (Annabelle Apsion); naive Agnes (Chloe Harris); housemaid Polly (Amelia Young); Methodist minister Robin (Scott Handy); pub Landlord Peter (Jim Cartwright); and introducing 11-year-old Chloe Rowley as Mary Middleton.
An event piece of television that belongs firmly on the BBC, The Village sees Peter Moffat’s extraordinary lives of the villagers into the roaring Twenties.
Filming on location in Derbyshire until early July 2014.